What can I put in my self storage unit?

You can store almost anything including:

  • Household contents
  • Files and documents
  • Stock and other commercial items
  • Tools and equipment
  • Sports equipment
  • Cars
  • Boats and trailers

Don’t store any goods that are illegal, stolen, inflammable, explosive, toxic, hazardous, perishable, will attract vermin or that are a risk to the property of any person (e.g. gas, chlorine, acid, paint, petrol and anything that can leak.

If you aren’t sure whether or not you can store something, feel free to give us a call on 0800 58 57 56 and we’ll do our best to answer your questions.

A brief history of self storage

Self storage facilities as we know them today, didn’t properly exist until the late 1950s, though there is historical evidence of publicly available storage in ancient China.

In the Neolithic period, mankind was slowly developing. People started to farm the land, keep animals and create pottery, jewellery and such and so naturally, with the creation of these objects and treasures, came the need to store them somewhere safe.

Apparently, a man called Xiang Lau had accumulated a large selection of pots, stones and enemies’ bones, and he became aware that his neighbours were coveting his collection. Keen to dissuade any potential thefts, he came up with the idea of crafting large clay pots to store his precious belongings, and then burying them underground. He paid guards in food and water to watch the sites and make sure that no-one tried to steal them. Other people soon cottoned onto this idea and started to use his service for their own items.

Although this is worlds away from today’s self storage, we think it’s a great story!

If you need somewhere to store your belongings safely, give us a call on 0800 58 57 56 or visit our website.

Shelving makes the most of self storage

In this post we explain the benefits of putting shelving into your self storage unit.

A self storage unit is a great way to store belongings short term or long term.  If you are thinking of long term storage, investing in shelving can really pay dividends.  In this post we explain why.

The limits of stacking

When you load your belongings into your storage unit, floor space is limited.  Depending on the size of the unit, you may need to reserve an area as a walkway to access the rest of the space.  Once the floor space is used, you can only go up.  Some items lend themselves to stacking but many do not.  Even archive boxes can suffer when stacked too high.  Small items stacked upon each other can quickly create a mess.

Using the space more than once

With shelving you can use much of the floor space more than once: you can double, triple or even quadruple the horizontal space in your unit.  Your belongings can go upwards in an orderly fashion, tidily and without crushing things.  You can remove something from the bottom without everything toppling over.  And you can organise your belongings on different levels.  With shelving you can get more into a smaller unit – saving you money.

All sorts of options

If you are a handyman you can build your own shelving with materials and tools available at a DIY store.  Alternatively those same stores sell various types of shelving systems.  There are also more professional racking systems available from specialist providers for more heavy duty requirements.  There is even shelving on Trademe.

We can help make shelving easy

Our friendly staff can give you advice regarding shelving and put you in touch with suppliers.  If you would like to know more, please get in touch by calling us on 0800 58 57 56 or visiting our website.

Wellington, your valuables are safe in our self storage facilities

In this post, Kiwi Self Storage explains why its Wellington facilities are safe despite the recent earthquake.


The 7.8 magnitude earthquake on Monday 14 November 2016 caused widespread damage in North Canterbury and Wellington.  So, if you are one of our Wellington customers, you may be wondering about the security of our Newlands and Kilbirnie facilities. We are happy to report that they are very secure. We explain in this post.

What an expert says

The President of the New Zealand Society for Earthquake Engineering (NZSEE), Peter Smith, says a building’s height, stiffness and the type of land it is on determines how it is affected by an earthquake. In this earthquake, Mr Smith says that buildings between eight and 15 storeys high have been damaged the most.

Safe & sound

Acting Civil Defence Minister Gerry Brownlee has warned landlords to share information about their buildings or face the consequences. This, of course, goes without saying.

Despite the earthquake, there is no damage to any of our facilities. However, we still hired a structural engineer to be sure. After a thorough inspection, our two Wellington facilities have been confirmed structurally sound.

The importance of good buildings

The recent earthquake is a reminder of the importance of choosing a storage facility that is structurally sound. Our facilities are modern and purpose built. That is important for the safety of our customers and staff and also for the protection of the things you store with us.

NZI believes in us

Insurance companies are notoriously cautious—they have to be. However, NZI is confident enough in our buildings to allow us to sell earthquake insurance to our customers. We recommend all customers insure their belongings.

Any questions?

At Kiwi Self Storage, our customers have peace of mind knowing their possessions are safe. If you would like to know more about our facilities, please get in touch by calling us on 0800 58 57 56 or visiting our website.

How self storage adds value to your home

Do you get to benefit from every room in your house? Or, like many Kiwis, is one dedicated to storing stuff you will probably never use? If so, you could be failing to capitalise on thousands of dollars. In this post, we explain why.

UK storage company Big Yellow estimates that 61% of Brits use at least one room in the home for storage. Kiwis are pretty much the same.

Now, you’re probably thinking this isn’t earth-shattering news — and it isn’t. However, what you may not realise is how much storing your surplus possessions at home is costing you.

What is the cost?

The obvious cost is you don’t get to use the room for other things. How many people do you know who cram their garages with junk and leave their cars outside? However, many Kiwis are willing to put up with the inconvenience.

It’s a different story when it comes to financial cost, though.

According to Barfoot and Thompson, the price difference in Auckland between a three- and a four-bedroom house is around $160,000.

Currently, the average mortgage rate is about 5%. So, the cost of borrowing that $160,000 works out to around $8,000 per year. That’s a heck of a lot to pay to store things you may never use!

Why self-storage makes sense

Hiring a storage unit makes more sense. This is because, depending on location, the average cost of a 1.5m x 1.5m unit is only around $100 per month or $1,200 per annum.  A 1.5m x 1.5m unit can take 50 archive boxes – or if you put in shelving it can take a room full of stuff.  Now, compare that to $8,000.

By freeing up that storage room, you can do lots of things:

  • Make money by renting it out
  • Reduce your mortgage and buy a smaller home
  • Have a games/family room
  • Decide whether you really need that old fridge or TV
  • Have your own man/woman cave
  • Finally bring your poor old car off the street.

self storage unit

Is home storage costing you money?

Do you have a room dedicated to storage? At Kiwi Self Storage, we are professional, organised and make storage convenient. Take back that room and give us a call on 0800 58 57 56.

If you are selling your home, the last thing you need is clutter. Any real estate agent will advise you to get rid of your surplus belongings to create space and demonstrate your home’s full potential.

New Enterprise Units at Mt Roskill

Worker with his Tools

Kiwi Self Storage now has available brand new large storage units ranging from 30 square metres to 40 square metres at our Mount Roskill facility.  Handy to the motorway system these high stud enterprise units are ideal for commercial and trade clients wanting warehouse space that is dry, clean and secure. Lease on a monthly basis without the need for a long term commitment. Call today on 09 625 6161, email us at mtroskill@kiwiselfstorage.co.nz or visit our Mount Roskill storage centre at 4c Carr Road.

5 Ways to Save Money on Storage

Here are some ideas from Kiwi Self Storage to help you save money on storing your goods.

1 – Declutter Before You Store.

Now is a great time to think about whether you still need to keep everything in your home. Too many old magazines and books? Any old appliances you haven’t used in years?
You can save money on storage space if you clean them out.

2 – Decide Whether to Store It or Replace It Later.

Long term storage of some of your large items may not be cost effective.
Would you be better off buying a replacement refrigerator later, instead of paying for extra storage space?

3 – Rent the Smallest Space Possible.

Our staff have a lot of experience with customers shifting households small and large. Talk to them for advice on the smallest space you will need.
Don’t forget we have a free Space Calculator and a Size Guide to help you work out your needs.

4 – Stack It High.

Make the most of your storage space by packing efficiently. Shelves will save you money by letting you stack items to the ceiling.
Make sure you keep your most used goods near the front where you can access them without moving everything.

5 – Downsize your storage.

Review your storage needs regularly. Your needs might change and there might be items that you no longer want.
Our staff can help you choose a smaller unit that will save you money on storing the items that you still need.

When you’re ready to discuss your storage needs, we’re here. Give us a call on 0800 58 57 56 or visit our website.